The Strava smartphone app will stop supporting Bluetooth and ANT+ device pairing from 28th October, as announced on an email sent out to its many users this week.
The reason Strava has dropped support of third-party devices like heart rate monitors, speed/cadence sensors and heart rate monitors is apparently due to Bluetooth pairing with some sensors directly to the app caused it to crash for millions of users.
It does not effect you if you use a Garmin or Wahoo computer to record your ride and then upload to Strava. It’s all about people pairing devices to the Strava smartphone app using Bluetooth.
What does that mean if you want to sync Bluetooth sensors to your smartphone? Incredibly, rather than fix the problem, Strava recommends using another activity recording app and then uploading to Strava. That does not make it easier for users and clearly risks alienating loyal Strava customers.
Strava is still arguably the biggest online activity tracking website for cyclists, but this news has not been well received, with many complaining on social media.
Try Panobike+ from Topeak. It works with most Bluetooth devices and displays everything on the “dash”. @Strava is really taking a step backwards with this move.— Matt Raschke (@mraschk) October 17, 2019
@reckless and the Verge team need to do some digging and find out why in the world @Strava would make the decision to remove Bluetooth pairing from their fitness tracking app!!!! WT Actual F!! pic.twitter.com/kCOqNM4Eix— Gregor Forsyth (@Gregor_Forsyth) October 16, 2019
Well first strava stop with relive App now stop bluetooth and ant+ strava will be shutting down and finishing at this rate lol— Andy goss (@4dragons66) October 16, 2019
@Strava Why not make the bluetooth and ANT+ features configurable instead of removing them? I will be canceling my Summit membership if this is your way forward. You’re pushing your customers to other apps, why on earth?— Miika Kettunen (@kettumii) October 16, 2019
Does this news impact you? We'd love to hear from you in the comments section below.
And don't worry if you're miffed at Strava's decision, there are plenty of other good fitness tracking apps you can choose from. Here's a load for starters.
David has worked on the road.cc tech team since July 2012. Previously he was editor of Bikemagic.com and before that staff writer at RCUK. He's a seasoned cyclist of all disciplines, from road to mountain biking, touring to cyclo-cross, he only wishes he had time to ride them all. He's mildly competitive, though he'll never admit it, and is a frequent road racer but is too lazy to do really well. He currently resides in the Cotswolds.